Lying around watching a football game or soap opera is a little touch of heaven for a lot of people. After a feast of whatever it is you like to eat, the couch beckons, saying, “come to me, come to me”. Unfortunately, being a couch potato isn’t healthy. Too much inactivity can lead to severe problems. You’re much better off resisting the couch’s beckoning and taking a walk instead. Here are some reasons why.
Your Heart Will Thank You
It’s a proven fact that a healthy heart is conducive to longer life. Maintaining a level of fitness helps your heart pump more efficiently, which causes the blood to flow freely. This will help prevent heart disease and strokes. It also helps keep your blood pressure down. A healthy heart is a happy heart.
Relaxing after a large meal, or simply doing nothing strenuous for extended periods of time will eventually catch up to everyone. Nobody is immune from the expansion of the waistline, that little bulge above the belt that will someday turn into an overhang. If for no other reason than to avoid having to buy a whole new wardrobe, consider the advantages of exercise.
You’ll Probably Sleep Better
Studies have shown that people who are physically fit actually sleep better than those prone to the idleness of spending their time in front of the tube. Exercise will not only get the blood flowing, but the exertion will expend energy and help you to relax when it’s time to sleep. You’ll fall asleep faster, rest better and stay asleep longer.
Your Appetite Will Improve
At times you may feel like eating while watching television. The inactivity seems to stimulate hunger pangs, but the truth is you’re probably just bored. Exercise expends energy and you will begin to feel real hunger, not the pseudo desire to simply fill your face because there’s nothing better to do. You’ll soon discover that exercising also makes you want to eat healthier foods because they help you perform better.
Increased Energy Level
Being a couch potato is a round robin of frustration. The more you lay around, the harder it becomes to get motivated to do anything. You’re constantly tired simply because you have no energy. You have no energy because you don’t do anything. The solution is to force yourself off the couch and take that first step to recovering your vigor. As you continue to exercise your energy level will increase which will motivate you to continue exercising. Viola! The round robin of frustration is defeated. You begin to feel more like your old self.
If you’ve spent enough time on the couch you’ve probably noticed you don’t look as good as you used to. Sagging jowls, maybe a little extra skin flapping around under your chin. Other unflattering sags and protrusions that never used to be there. Exercise can cure that, too. Regular exercise will strengthen bones, remove fat, tone muscle, and tighten skin. The jowls will lose their sag and the extra skin beneath your chin will disappear. You’ll notice the sags and protrusions melting away with each step on the treadmill, swing of the tennis racket, or revolution of the bike pedal.
You’ll Like Yourself Better
Since you’ve decided to make the attempt to overcome your propensity to vegetate in front of the television and get off the couch, you obviously expect some return on your effort. You will certainly not be disappointed. Long term commitment to a vigorous exercise regime will pay off in all the ways listed above, and probably many more. One of the most important areas of improvement you’ll notice is that you actually feel better about yourself. No more second guessing yourself. Self doubt will decrease. Confidence will increase. Instead of avoiding that certain someone because you’re afraid they’ll not be interested, you’ll probably want to go out of your way to approach them, knowing you have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. Go get ’em, Tiger.
This has been a guest post provided by Bailey Harris. Bailey writes about health insurance companies and related topics for www.healthinsurancequotes.org.